CSS Grampus

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Career Confederate States Naval Ensign 1861-1863
Name: CSS Grampus
Launched: 1856
Acquired: 1862
Fate: Scuttled, 7 April 1862
General characteristics
Type: Gunboat
Tonnage: 352 long tons (358 t)
Propulsion: Steam engine, stern-wheel
Armament: 2 × brass 12-pounders

CSS Grampus was a stern-wheel river steamer built in 1856 at McKeesport, Pennsylvania, for civilian employment. Taken by the Confederate Army in early 1862, she served as a scout boat and transport on the the Mississippi River. Late in March 1862, Captain Marsh Miller in command, she took an active part in the defense of Island No. 10 where the Confederates finally sank her to prevent capture, on 7 April. The Union Gunboat Flotilla set out to raise her during May 1862 and did so, but she is believed to be the Grampus No. 2 which burned the following 11 January.


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